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Istanbul Travel Information

The only city in the world to be built on two continents where the waters of the Black Sea meet the Sea of Marmara.

Istanbul
Istanbul
Turkey

An exotic location at any time of the year, Istanbul was home to the sultans of the Ottoman Empire.

The city's arched domes and tall minarets act as useful landmarks in a bewildering skyline and the Bosphorous is nothing less than breathtaking!

Istanbul has a colourful history dating back to its time as the heart of the Byzantine Empire.

For a short break with a difference, Istanbul offers a glimpse of an ancient, exciting and exotic world.

Istanbul Travel Information

Getting There
Flights to Istanbul can be booked with Hessle Travel direct flights from the UK.  The flight time to Istanbul is approx 3 3/4 hours.

Getting Around
Taxis are cheap and a much more comfortable way of getting from A to B than by public transport.
For the adventurous, a shared taxi, known as a 'dolmus' is a fun way to get around and fares are fixed.

Must See
The Old City south of the Golden Horn contains the major sights: the Mosque of Suleiman; St. Sophia; the Blue Mosque; the Underground Cistern - a sunken palace 14 centuries old; Topkapi Palace, ancient residence of the Sultans.

Blue Mosque
The Blue Mosque

Must Do
A boat trip on the Bosphorus is a must. For shopaholics the Grand Bazaar offers the perfect remedy; a maze of streets and alleyways containing 4000 shops and stalls.
The Taksim district is the heart of commercial Istanbul, with a more European feel and where you will find the glorious Dolmabahce Palace and a good selection of shops.
During the two important Muslim periods of Ramadan and Kurban Baynami many shops and restaurants close.

To Relax
In good weather dine out along the shores of the Marmara or the Bosphorus and enjoy seafood, kebabs and sweet delicacies.
Visit a gazino for dinner and cabaret including belly dancing and try a proper Turkish bath.

Weather
Daily average temperatures (Approx) 'C

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Not to Miss in Istanbul

> Colourful and chaotic, Istanbul is a city unlike any other

> On the shores of Bosphorous, this is where Europe meets Asia

> Visit Kapali Carsi, the world's largest covered bazaar

> Istanbul is positively overflowing with food - kebabs and fish, sweet baklava and the ubiquitous Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight
Love it or Hate it - Turkish Delight

> Must sees include, the Mosque of Suleiman, Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque

> This skyline of mosques and palaces display the city's eastern promise

> A boat trip on the Bosphorous is a great way to see another side to Istanbul

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